Movie Review: ARMY OF ONE Blu-ray Combo Pack

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ARMY OF ONE was directed by Larry Charles from a screenplay by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothmanand and stars Nicolas Cage, Russell Brand, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, Paul Scheer and Matthew Modine.

Gary Faulkner (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Russell Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA – and even God and Osama themselves.

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Wow! This crazy little movie follows this patriotic weirdo who gets a message from God to go all the way to Pakistan and bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. His mission is clear, he is not kill the terrorist but capture him and bring him back alive. He decides to sail his way to Pakistan but there’s just one catch, he doesn’t know how to sail and Pakistan has no ocean front – but Gary doesn’t know that. After several misfires and failed attempts, Gary does end up in Pakistan with his trusty samurai sword but he doesn’t quite know how to track down the villian so instead, he gets high with some of the locals. Gary does come face-to-face with Bin Laden in a hilarious dream sequence that shows the two sword fight but even in this delusional dream, neither one of them really knows how to handle a blade or fight very well. There are a couple of federal agents that have been keeping an eye on Gary and when the time is right, they catch/save him and force him to go back home where he belongs. He has a woman who loves him at home so why not just stay there? Come on Gary!

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also includes some matching artwork and the DVD disc is plain with just the movie title. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Army of One is this bizarre comedy that’s based on a true story, well most of it. Larry Charles was one of the writers for “Seinfeld” for the sitcom’s first five years and then he moved on to direct oddball comedies like Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, so this movie really kind of fits right in with his previous work. This isn’t a movie for everybody but people who are familiar with Charles’ style of comedy will hopefully get it. There are a few sidesplitting moments with Nic Cage who really goes all out as this likable dogooder who really isn’t good at anything – but he means well. Gary Faulkner is this likable fish out of water character who means well but he just never really thinks things through or makes a good enough plan to succeed. Who better to pull this off than Nicolas Cage who transorms himself into this strange character, from his looks to his voice, he delivers. The movie also has a great supporting cast that compliments Cage just right. This Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack releases on November 15th.

Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features:

  • “Making of Army of One” featurette (07:07)
  • Digital HD Copy
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